தெருக்கூத்து Therukkoothu: the art of Tamil street theatre with Bhaskar’s Arts Academy - a collaborative workshop with the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts and Theatre Programme

10 October 2018
NAFA Campus 1, Seminar Room B2-08

Bhaskar’s Arts Academy (BAA) was invited by ISEAA to present a workshop on the art of Therukkoothu (Tamil street theatre) and a performance of Draupadi Vastraharan (The Disrobing of Draupadi).

Illustrating the influences of Indian traditional theatre in Southeast Asia and Singapore, this was followed by a lecture on the origin and development of Therukkoothu in the region, and the continued relevance of BAA’s work in Singapore.

Key elements such as the Ganapathi Vandhanam (opening sequence), the presence and role of the Kattiyakaran (narrator), and the concept of Pinpattu (chorus singing) were demonstrated by Therukkoothu artistes of Bhaskar's Arts Academy and Theatre students from the School of Arts Management, Dance and Theatre (SOAMDT) at NAFA.

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Video of the workshop

Therukkoothu artistes of Bhaskar's Arts Academy and Theatre students at NAFA

The Kattiyakaran (narrator) showing the opening footwork and dance steps with participation of students

Students enacting the roles of Kattiyakaran (narrator) and Lord Ganesha (elephant-headed Hindu God) in Ganapathi Vandhanam, also known as the opening sequence

A scene from Draupadi Vastraharan (The Disrobing of Draupadi), which is an episode from the ancient epic poem of the Mahabharata